Published on Thursday, August 22, 2019 in Apprenticeship and Training News
It's going to take thousands of Skilled Workers to build LNG Canada's $40-billion Liquefied Natural Gas Project in Northern British Columbia in Canada - and it's betting on women to take it over the finish line. This Summer, the company announced plans to boost the number of Tradeswomen who will build the processing plant in Kitimat to 10%, double the more»
NLRB Investigating Barstool CEO Who Tweeted “I Will Fire You On The Spot” To Employees If They Tried To Unionize
Published on Thursday, August 22, 2019 in Organizing News From Across The U.S.A.
A loud-tweeting CEO is under investigation after going ballistic when talk of Union came to his company. The Washington Post reports: “David Rosenfeld, a Labor Lawyer and self-styled ‘paid troublemaker,’ saw the tweets as good old-fashioned Union Busting. He went to work. His mission: extract an apology from the man who had threatened more»
If You Are A Union Member Who Makes A Decision To Shop At Walmart, You Need To Watch This: Walmart Anti-Union ‘Training’ Video Is Another Reason Not To Shop There
Published on Thursday, August 22, 2019 in National Labor News
Walmart is the richest country in the world by revenue and it has received billions in tax cuts per year thanks to the Republican Party. In fact, the Walton Family heirs have a total wealth that is more than 43% of that of American families - combined. All that as many of their Store Employees have relied on food stamps to survive. If that is not enough more»
Published on Thursday, August 22, 2019 in Labor News From Washington, D.C.
(MILWAUKEE, WISCONSIN) – National Service Employees International Union (SEIU) President Mary Kay Henry has unveiled an ambitious "Unions for All" proposal - and Democratic Presidential Candidates had better take notice. The two million-Member Union's endorsement is up for grabs and contingent on a candidate backing the proposal that aims to overhaul more»
Published on Thursday, August 22, 2019 in New York City Labor News
(NEW YORK CITY) - If you’re heading to New York City to visit or for a vacation in the near future, why not take some day trips that celebrate Union Workers? Here are some sites that will be enjoyable and educational for kids and adults alike: City of Workers, City of Struggle - This exhibit at the Museum of the City of New York, 1120 Fifth Avenue more»
SPoT Coffee Workers In Buffalo Overwhelmingly Vote To ‘Go Union’ - Workers United Reps Plan On Contacting Management “Today Or Thursday” To Start Bargaining Process For A First Union Contract
Published on Wednesday, August 21, 2019 in Buffalo and Western New York Labor News
(BUFFALO, NEW YORK) – It was two days before the Fourth of July that Workers employed by the SPoT Coffee Chain in Buffalo first went public with their desire to form a Union in their workplace. Now, just a little more than a month and half later - on Tuesday (August 20th), those Workers hugged in celebration after their overwhelming vote to Go Union more»
Truckers Across The Country Voted For Trump For President ‘In Droves’ In 2016, But Now They Say His Trade War Is 'Killing' Their Ability To Make A Living
Published on Wednesday, August 21, 2019 in National Labor News
Morris Coffman has been a Truck Driver for 35 years and he's been a Conservative for even longer than that - his whole life. "That said," Coffman told Business Insider, "(Trump) is ‘absolutely a moron.’ ‘His idiotic ideas will tank the economy even further.’" Truckers, like Coffman, lean Conservative. A Verdant Labs analysis of more»
Published on Wednesday, August 21, 2019 in Labor News From Washington, D.C.
(WASHINGTON, D.C.) - Back in 2016, North America’s Building Trades Unions (NABTU) endorsed Hillary Clinton for President, but once Donald Trump won they responded warmly to his promise to be the Builder-in-Chief. In fact, Trump told them he planned to spend $1 trillion on infrastructure, maybe $2 trillion! Here’s Trump speaking to the group more»
Published on Wednesday, August 21, 2019 in New York State Labor News
With only six months on the job as a Registered Nurse (RN), Angela Simpson got hit hard on the top of her head by an agitated dementia patient. His IV had stopped - which hurt him, and she was trying to help him. “It ‘shocked me, so I jumped back.’ ‘He was on his way to punch me a second time’,” the Maryland Nurse more»
Published on Tuesday, August 20, 2019 in Organizing News From Across The U.S.A.
(PORTLAND, OREGON) - Members of the Burgerville Workers Union recently launched a Strike as negotiations with the fast-food chain broke down, following a year of stalling and refusal on the part of management to address Worker demands. The Burgerville Workers Union has grown to represent Workers employed at several of the company’s locations - which more»
This Is What We Should Be Doing Here In The United States: The Canadian Government Creates New National Campaign ‘To Promote Well-Paying Careers’ In The Skilled Trades
Published on Tuesday, August 20, 2019 in Apprenticeship and Training News
(DARTMOUTH, NOVA SCOTIA/CANADA) - Whether building homes, repairing vehicles or powering communities, people employed in the Skilled Trades provide services that Canadians rely on every single day. That’s why, in the Canadian Government’s 2019 Budget, it was announced that funding would be made available to help more people - including young more»
Published on Tuesday, August 20, 2019 in National Labor News
(NORTH CHARLESTON, SOUTH CAROLINA) - A Regional Director for the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) has ruled that Boeing Company unjustly fired five Workers who support the International Association of Machinists (IAM) Union at the Aerospace Giant’s 787 Dreamliner Campus in North Charleston. The ruling includes three Flight Line Inspectors who more»
Published on Tuesday, August 20, 2019 in Labor News From Washington, D.C.
(WASHINGTON, D.C.) - According to a report at Politico, Workers who are a part of one of the Nation’s largest Unions are very unhappy with Republican President Donald Trump’s Labor Department after they had fallen in line behind Trump following this election in 2016. The report states “a deal gone bad between Trump and North more»
Labor Perspective From Vox Media Editorial Staff Member German Lopez: “I Was Skeptical Of Unions, Then I Joined One” - “A Union ‘Isn’t Just Right For Vox Media, But For Everyone.’”
Published on Tuesday, August 20, 2019 in Buffalo and Western New York Labor News
On November 17th, 2017, right after the Vox Media Editorial Staff started a push to Unionize, I sent out my worst tweets of all time: “I am against #VoxUnion.” I wrote in another: “Vox Media is a generous company (unusually so for digital media), and some people want to take advantage of that.” “I am generally fine with and more»
Published on Tuesday, August 20, 2019 in New York City Labor News
(NEW YORK CITY) - The Union representing Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) Bus and Subway Employees on Monday (August 19th) firmly rejected a contract offer from the Transit Authority, calling the proposal “insulting.” The cash-strapped MTA pitched a host of changes to Transport Workers Union (TWU) Local 100 and its roughly 40,000 more»
In A Continuing Effort To Keep You Up To Date On The Continuing Republican Attack On Unions & Their Members: The NLRB ‘Proposes More Changes’ To Union Elections
Published on Monday, August 19, 2019 in National Labor News
(WASHINGTON, D.C.) - The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) is proposing several changes that are intended to make it easier for Workers to remove a Labor Union representing a Bargaining Unit. Most notably, the NLRB announced it plans to use Administrative Rulemaking to reshape its “blocking charge” policy to prevent Unions from stopping more»
Published on Monday, August 19, 2019 in Labor News From Washington, D.C.
(WASHINGTON, D.C.) - The Trump Administration has proposed a rule that would allow Federal Contractors to factor in religion in hiring a person, a move advocates say would enable employers to apply a Religious Litmus Test and condone discrimination against the LGBTQ Community and other groups. The rule is the latest nod to the Religious Right and more»
The ‘Answer’ To Burn Out At Work ‘Isn’t Self-Care,’ It’s Unionizing - Your ‘Best Is Joining Together With Your Colleagues ‘To Build Power Collectively’ At Your Workplace
Published on Monday, August 19, 2019 in New York City Labor News
It’s Monday morning and your alarm goes off. As you wake up, the dread of going to work creeps in. You’re feeling exhausted, stressed out, underpaid and underappreciated. It's a mindset you can’t shake and no amount of coffee will fix: You have Workplace Burnout. The World Health Organization (WHO) recently included burnout as a more»
Published on Monday, August 19, 2019 in New York State Labor News
(SEATTLE, WASHINGTON) - Speaking at a news conference for the very first time, Takele Gobena - a Uber Driver in Seattle, awkwardly approached the microphone to convey two messages: First, that Uber Drivers needed a Union and, second, that Uber paid miserably. Gobena, a gangly, 26-year-old refugee from Ethiopia, said his hourly earnings came to less than more»
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Reports Trump's Large Union Crowd At Shell Plant In Pennsylvania ‘Was Given The Option Of Not Showing Up - And Not Getting Paid’
Published on Sunday, August 18, 2019 in National Labor News
(BEAVER COUNTY, PENNSYLVANIA) - The choice for thousands of Union Workers employed at Royal Dutch Shell’s Petrochemical Plant in Beaver County was to either spend Tuesday (August 13th) standing in a giant hall waiting for Republican President Donald Trump to speak or to take the day off with no pay. “Your attendance is not mandatory,” more»
Published on Sunday, August 18, 2019 in Labor News From Washington, D.C.
(WASHINGTON, D.C.) - New Trump Department of Labor (DOL) Apprenticeship Rules, opening training for Building Trades jobs to cut-rate Non-Union Firms and their bosses - while threatening quality training and building standards - are “like the fox guarding the henhouse,” a veteran Construction Union Apprenticeship Trainer says. But Workers and more»
Published on Sunday, August 18, 2019 in Organizing News From Across The U.S.A.
(PITTSBURGH, PENNSYLVANIA) - Nearly 60% of Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh Librarians, Library Assistants, Clerks and IT professionals who cast ballots earlier this week voted in favor of Unionizing. A couple dozen people applauded and hugged after the votes were tallied at the library system’s main branch in Oakland (pictured above). According to more»
A ‘Different Kind Of Signing Day’ For These Students Looking To Build Careers In The Georgia Construction Industry
Published on Sunday, August 18, 2019 in Apprenticeship and Training News
(GAINESVILLE, GEORGIA) - Eight young professionals kicked off their careers with a signing ceremony, but they’re not going into athletics - they’re the first class of Apprentices at Carroll Daniel Construction. The Gainesville-based company hopes to address a shortage of qualified Workers in construction with its new Apprenticeship Program. more»
Construction Workers ‘Prepare To Battle’ Former Ally Trump - A ‘Powerful’ Union Group ‘Uneasy’ About A Labor Department Apprenticeship Proposal Has "The Potential To Be A Significant Force In The 2020 Election"
Published on Sunday, August 18, 2019 in Buffalo and Western New York Labor News
One of the Nation’s largest Labor Groups embraced Republican Donald Trump at the start of his Presidency, in hopes he would create construction jobs and retreat from proposals that might reduce Workers’ wages, but now the two sides are on the brink of war, endangering a key bloc of Trump’s support in Midwestern Swing States in 2020. At more»
Anti-Labor Group ‘Urges’ Federal Government ‘To Stop All Existing’ Union Payroll Deductions - Argument Has Already Been Rejected By A Federal Appellate Court In Decision That Did Not Set A Precedent
Published on Friday, August 16, 2019 in Labor News From Washington, D.C.
(WASHINGTON, D.C.) - A prominent Anti-Labor Advocacy Organization is urging the Federal Labor Relations Authority (FLRA) to call on agencies to cancel all existing agreements to deduct Union Dues from Employees’ paychecks, claiming the agreements violate the First Amendment. Last month, the FLRA proposed changing its policy guidance, at the behest of more»
Published on Friday, August 16, 2019 in National Labor News
The chasm between what the country's corporate leaders and their Workers earn is widening to Grand Canyon-like proportions, according to new research that shows CEO compensation surged 940% between 1978 to 2018 - while the average Worker saw a meager 12% pay hike over the same 40-year period. "CEOs are getting more because of their power to set pay, not more»
The AFGE Sues Over Trump Wanting To ‘Ban Any Talk’ By Federal Employees Of 'Resistance Or Impeachment’
Published on Thursday, August 15, 2019 in Labor News From Washington, D.C.
(WASHINGTON, D.C.) - The largest Federal Employee Union is suing the Federal Government over guidance issued to Federal Employees warning against the use of terms like "resistance" or "#resist" in statements regarding Republican President Donald Trump. The lawsuit, brought this week by The American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE) and AFGE Local more»
American Airlines Demands Mechanics' Unions Pay For 'Enormous Financial Losses' From Flight Delays & Cancellations
Published on Thursday, August 15, 2019 in National Labor News
(FORT WORTH, TEXAS) - Fresh off a Federal Court victory, American Airlines is demanding the Mechanics' Unions pay for hundreds of flight delays and cancellations over the last two months. In a new court filing earlier this week, the Fort Worth-based carrier said it wants sanctions "sufficient to compensate American for losses caused" from violations to a more»
Barstool Sports Founder Threatens To Fire Employees Engaged In Unionizing, Which Is – Duh - Against The Law
Published on Thursday, August 15, 2019 in New York City Labor News
(NEW YORK CITY) - Dave Portnoy, founder of Media Company Barstool Sports, says he really hates Unions. Now he’s made explicit threats to fire Employees who engage in Union-Organizing Activity - which, even if Portnoy is “joking,” has drawn scrutiny of what would represent violations of Federal Labor Laws. Portnoy, who sold majority more»
‘Fearing The Spread’ Of Unions In The Service Sector, Canada’s A&W Tells Anti-Union Conference It ‘Monitors High Risk’ Restaurants & Keeps A Secret ‘Watch List’ To ‘Make Sure’ Workers ‘Don’t’ Unionize
Published on Thursday, August 15, 2019 in Organizing News From Across The U.S.A.
(TORONTO, ONTARIO/CANADA) - Canada’s Fast Food Giants seem to be nervous about low-wage Workers exercising their right to collective bargaining. Representatives from A&W and McDonald’s gathered with other major corporations and industry associations at the Toronto Airport Hilton earlier this Summer for a conference organized by the more»
It What’s Being Described As The ‘Largest Single’ Wage Recovery In The NYS Department Of Labor's 115-Year History, Governor Cuomo Announces $6 Million in Stolen Wages Have Been Recovered for Welders & Iron Workers
Published on Thursday, August 15, 2019 in New York State Labor News
(ALBANY, NEW YORK) - Governor Andrew Cuomo HAS announced that a joint investigation between the New York State Department of Labor (NYSDOL) and the Manhattan District Attorney's Construction Fraud Task Force has led to a plea agreement that will return approximately $6 million in stolen wages to about 500 welders and Iron Workers, the largest single wage more»
Utility Workers Union & Power For America Join To Launch Apprenticeship Program To ‘Offer A Path For Employment’ For Renewable Energy Jobs
Published on Thursday, August 15, 2019 in Apprenticeship and Training News
The Utility Workers Union of America (UWUA) and Power for America Training Trust Fund (P4A) have announced a unique, new Union Apprenticeship Program that provides World-Class Skills Training and a path to employment for in-demand jobs in the Renewable Energy Sector. The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL)-certified, program provides individuals with more»
Teacher Unions Suffer Setback As Judge ‘Sides With’ The State Of Florida On Membership Law - Sides With State In Backing Law Requiring Unions To Be Recertified If Dues Paying Members Drop Below 50%
Published on Wednesday, August 14, 2019 in National Labor News
(LEON COUNTY, FLORIDA) - A Leon County Circuit Judge has rejected arguments by Teacher Unions that a controversial 2018 Education Law violates Collective Bargaining Rights and improperly singles out Teachers among Public Employees. Judge Angela Dempsey issued an eight-page decision siding with the state’s arguments on the constitutionality of the more»
‘Despite’ Republican President Donald Trump’s Stance On Immigration, The Trump Organization ‘Still Employs Undocumented Workers’
Published on Wednesday, August 14, 2019 in Labor News From Washington, D.C.
(WASHINGTON, D.C.) - Construction Workers who work for Donald Trump recently told The Washington Post that the Trump Organization is still employing Undocumented Workers. Trump continues to employ these Undocumented Workers despite his vowed crackdown on employing Workers who are not in the U.S. legally across the Nation. According to The Post, Workers on more»
Published on Wednesday, August 14, 2019 in New York State Labor News
(NEW YORK CITY) - Teamsters Local 237, representing Workers employed by government agencies, municipalities, libraries and schools, recently welcomed its first crop of participants from the Summer Youth Employment Program (SYEP) through the not-for-profit Road to Success this year. And today (Wednesday, August 14th), nine high school and college students more»
A Labor Perspective From United Steelworkers International President Tom Conway: A Tire That ‘Inspires Fear’
Published on Wednesday, August 14, 2019 in Buffalo and Western New York Labor News
Mickey Ray Williams (pictured above) keeps a Goodyear tire in his Gadsden, Alabama conference room. Made in Mexico and imported to Gadsden, that tire induces fear. It’s an Assurance All-Season tire. Those were developed at Goodyear’s Gadsden factory in 2014. Now some, or possibly all, are built in a brand-new, half-billion-dollar plant in more»
Published on Tuesday, August 13, 2019 in Apprenticeship and Training News
(SEATTLE, WASHINGTON) - Like most other American high school students, Garret Morgan had it drummed into him constantly: Go to college. Get a bachelor's degree. "All through my life it was, 'if you don't go to college you're going to end up on the streets,' " Morgan said. "Everybody's ‘so gung-ho’ about going to college." So he tried it for a more»
Published on Tuesday, August 13, 2019 in Organizing News From Across The U.S.A.
When “Miguel” came to America a few years ago, Donald Trump’s racist campaign against Immigrants was just catching fire. “It affected me,” Miguel, an Undocumented Immigrant who asked that we not use his real name, told Splinter. “It affected everyone,” he said. He tried to turn his focus elsewhere, like school. more»
Fed Up With Working Under An Expired National Contract, SEIU-Represented Kaiser Permanente Workers In California Vote To Approve Strike - Which Could Draw In More Than 80,000 Employees Of The Health Care Giant Across The Nation
Published on Tuesday, August 13, 2019 in National Labor News
(LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA) - A swath of Kaiser Permanente Workers in California has voted overwhelmingly to approve a Strike that could draw in more than 80,000 Employees of the Health Care Giant across the Nation, according to the coalition of Unions representing them. The Employees - who include most Staff aside from Doctors, Mental Health Workers or more»
Published on Tuesday, August 13, 2019 in Labor News From Washington, D.C.
(WASHINGTON, D.C.) - Democrats and Organized Labor aim to make Eugene Scalia, Republican President Donald Trump’s pick to lead the U.S. Department of Labor Department, a target in 2020 in hopes of testing Trump’s support among Rank-and-File Union Voters. Trump is nominating Scalia, the son of the late Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, to more»
The NLRB Says Spectrum ‘May Have Broken Laws’ In Bid To Oust Its Union, NLRB Says Cable Spectrum Allegedly Threatened IBEW-Represented Workers In Mandatory Anti-Union Meeting - About 1,800 Went On Strike In 2017
Published on Tuesday, August 13, 2019 in New York City Labor News
(NEW YORK CITY) - A year-long campaign to boot a union of Spectrum technicians from the cable company’s New York facilities may fail after allegations Spectrum engaged in Anti-Union conduct in the lead-up to the Decertification Election, a Federal Labor Board Official said. Voting concluded in February, nearly two years into a Strike by the Spectrum more»
This Is What Unions ‘Can Do’ For Their Members: Operating Engineers Open A ‘Free’ Medical Clinic For Its Membership In Illinois - Could Be A ‘Cost-Savings Model’ For Other Labor Organizations To Consider
Published on Monday, August 12, 2019 in National Labor News
(MERRILLVILLE, ILLINOIS) - A local Building Trades Union has started its own medical clinic here that offers free care for its Membership - International Union of Operating Engineers (IUOE) Local 150, which has its Northwest Indiana office in Merrillville, opened the Operators' Health Center early last month. "We ‘realized a lot of our Members didn't more»
Trump’s ‘War On Unions’ Escalates: Trump Administration ‘Moves To Decertify’ Labor Union Representing Immigration Judges
Published on Monday, August 12, 2019 in Labor News From Washington, D.C.
(WASHINGTON, D.C.) - The U.S., Justice Department has moved to decertify the Union of Immigration Judges, a maneuver that could muzzle an organization whose Members have sometimes been openly critical of the Trump Administration’s Immigration Enforcement Agenda, The New York Times reports. The department filed a petition late last week asking the more»
Labor Perspective From Bloomberg Opinion Columnist Noah Smith: America’s Workers ‘Need A Labor Union Comeback’ - Employees ‘With More Bargaining Power Would Offset Concentrated’ Corporate Power
Published on Monday, August 12, 2019 in New York State Labor News
There are two basic ways to improve the economic situation of the Middle and Lower Classes. First, you can use taxes and government spending to shift income down from the top, either via direct transfers or through services like health care. Second, you can change the laws governing markets, with the goal of producing better outcomes for Low- and more»
“He Gave More Than He Got” - Organized Labor ‘Saddened’ By The Passing Of Former & Long-Time IBEW Local 237 Labor Leader Russ Quarantello, Who’s Being Described As A “Pillar” Of The Niagara County Labor Movement
Published on Monday, August 12, 2019 in Buffalo and Western New York Labor News
WNYLaborToday.com Editor’s Note: WNYLaborToday.com is sad to report that Russ Quarantello (Pictured above/WNYLaborToday.com Photos) - a Member of IBEW (International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers) Local 237 in Niagara Falls from the early 80s to 2019 and who served in a number of Union positions, including as its Business Manager for 12 years, more»
Trump Sure Is A ‘Big Supporter’ Of Working People & Union Members: Trump Administration Continues To Attack American Workers, Says Cancer “Is No Excuse” For Federal Workers Not Relocating
Published on Sunday, August 11, 2019 in Labor News From Washington, D.C.
(WASHINGTON, D.C.) - The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Inspector General concluded last week (August 5th) that the Trump Administration violated Federal Budget Laws when it decided to relocate 550 Workers from Washington to Kansas City - but the USDA, denying the validity of those rules, has begun preparing to fire Workers who haven’t more»
Denver City Council Office Employees ‘Go Union,’ Join The Teamsters - Workplace Protections Said To Be Central to Organizing Effort
Published on Sunday, August 11, 2019 in Organizing News From Across The U.S.A.
(DENVER, COLORADO) - The Office Staff of District Council 10 member Chris Hinds (Democrat), has officially joined Teamsters Local 17 – and they are the first Staff Members from an office at Denver City Hall to join the Union. "We ‘want to have salary protections and an above-standard sexual harassment policy,’" said Galia Halpern of the more»
Plumbers Union Buys Part Of The Holyoke Mall In Massachusetts With Plans To Transform It Into A New Training Facility
Published on Sunday, August 11, 2019 in Apprenticeship and Training News
(HOLYOKE, MASSACHUSETTS) – The Plumbers and Pipefitters Union Local 104 Joint Apprenticeship and Training Fund has purchased one of two office pieces of property that once served as home to the Holyoke Mall, with plans to transform it into a new training facility. The Holyoke Mall sold the other piece of property to the owner of a neighboring more»
The Nation's Largest Teachers Union ‘Threatens’ Walmart Boycott Over Gun Sales - The AFT, Which Has 1.7 Million Members And Says Teachers Spend An Average Of $500 A Year On School Supplies, Wants Walmart To ‘Stop Selling’ Firearms
Published on Sunday, August 11, 2019 in National Labor News
The Nation's largest Teachers Union is threatening to call for a boycott of Walmart over the retailer's gun sales, and if it does happen, Walmart could suddenly become a whole lot less busy this back-to-school shopping season. The American Federation of Teachers (AFT) also wants Walmart to stop making financial contributions to politicians who oppose gun more»
SPoT Coffee Workers In Buffalo Petition The NLRB For A Union Election – Majority Of Non-Union Employees Vote ‘Yes’ As Public Campaign Continues
Published on Friday, August 9, 2019 in Buffalo and Western New York Labor News
(BUFFALO, NEW YORK) – A majority of SPoT Coffee Workers at four locations in Buffalo have signed Union Cards and petitioned the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) to conduct a Union Election, Workers United Union Officials announced today (Friday, August 9th). The NLRB’s Regional Director will set a date and time for the vote. If more»